The Great Escape

Grounded in a near-century-old legacy, this is a whole new escape from the commonplace. (Re)built by the Idaho Aviation Foundation to be a beautiful, nonprofit public resource in the great outdoors, Big Creek Lodge opens up an off-the-grid backcountry experience unlike anything else out there. Make your getaway.


Wildest dreams.

An ideal wilderness hideaway—beautifully constructed with wood floors, large wrap-around windows, and eight bunk beds—the Kif Brown Yurt at Big Creek opens up a more independent approach to outdoor adventures here.

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Paradise, found.

Big Creek Lodge recently rose again in the breathtaking backcountry of Idaho after a devastating fire. Both old school and all new, it combines the charm of a classic mountain retreat with the appeal of modern amenities.

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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.

– Edward Abbey
fishing at Big Creek Lodge

The Activities

This is where wanderlust takes off. Full of transporting possibilities, set out on a big adventure right outside your door. And take a walk (or ride) on the wild side.
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The Area

Big Creek lies on the lip of a vast 2.4 million acres of untamed land called the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. By and large, it's pretty epic out here.
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Big Creek National Forest Service sign
Big Creek Lodge food

The Menu

It's not only a feast for the eyes up here. It's actually quite a feast. Focused on healthy, filling cuisine to fit backcountry tastes, our menu changes often depending on what's in season and inspiring us.
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The History

The original Big Creek Hotel attracted generations to this outdoor wonderland. Until a fire burned this piece of Idaho history to the ground. Many thought this unforgettable destination was lost to the past. Until we gave it a new future.
Back in the day »
Big Creek Lodge 1936
Dinner for Forest Service employees last night. Dinner for Forest Service employees last night.
Things are warming up at Big Creek! Things are warming up at Big Creek!
Beautiful day at Big Creek, no matter the weather! Beautiful day at Big Creek, no matter the weather!
The Salmon River area turned out pretty well from The Salmon River area turned out pretty well from a snowpack perspective. We hope to open in late May but check back for Covid updates early May.

News & Happenings

You have until Friday June 5 to bid for a 2-night stay for 2 at Big Creek Lodge (and many other cool things) while supporting the Covid-19 Response Fund! For 27 years, Boise’s St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital has sponsored an annual “Kid for a Night” in person auction event that benefits the not-for-profit hospital—but this year it is online and will help support adults and children cope with Covid-19. Online bidding is at ... See MoreSee Less

May 28, 2020  ·  

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Big Creek Lodge greeted 45 visitors from CA, MT, OR and ID over the course of Memorial Day weekend. A few even got to enjoy dinner at the lodge with Sally’s apple pie for dessert! ... See MoreSee Less

May 26, 2020  ·  

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Dinner served to Forest Services employees last night. Hope you can join us soon! ... See MoreSee Less

May 22, 2020  ·  

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